When I worked night shift on the acute psych unit even nights were busy with psychotic individuals, pacing the halls and not very redirectable because their meds hadn't kicked in yet. I've worked units where manic folks were up and about. Most of the units I've worked at night were units where we did get admits during the night and needed the necessary skills to diffuse crisis admits. I've worked intensive psych units where we had folks in seclusion during the night who needed the appropriate seclusion care. I've worked geri units where the patients had sundowners!! and were screamers who woke up the rest of the unit, and perhaps the unit above or below.
Don't be fooled into believing that nights in psych is a cake walk!! You have paperwork that people push off on nights because the "patients sleep".:zzzzz Nothing made me madder than a hornet,:angryfire than to hear that after a rough night with psychotic, disorganized patients or intoxicated admits!!(Yeah, you'll get those, too, even tho' you will tell the ER or doc on call that you are ill equipped to handle a detoxing pt,
(who if they go into DT's is a medical emergency)!!!!
and what's even more important, they can't sign in voluntarily if they are intoxicated
Probably the least eventful unit I worked on at night was child/adolescent. Guess it depends on the type of unit. When I did ER evals for psych and detox and coordinated admissions to the psych units, there were admits to psych more nights a week than not. Could be I worked big city hospitals a majority of the time, but even at the rural hospitals I worked, the RN didn't have time to play solitaire. Not enuf credit is given to night shift for doing the best you can with what you have, and I haven't worked nights in years. Hope you find what you're looking for but, if you like psych and want to really learn how to deal with people in crisis nights can give you that. Best bet to find out exactly what type of unit it is and if they accept admits at night and how much paperwork ie. chart audits, QA studies, Treatment plan revisions, reconciling MARs, cleaning fridges, which med passes, VS, treatments, discharge preps, etc. etc. etc. you will be responsible for and how many pt.s does the unit hold on the average, will you have to float to other areas of the hospital in times of low census, what are the credentials of the coworkers (do they have a psych background) Will you ever have to work alone in times of low census, (these may sound somewhat petty or improbable, but the are important)!!! Good luck.....................Shrinky